Meet the Team
Marcy R. Hambrick, Ph.D.
Director of Human Resources Compliance
Focus Areas: Hiring of professional and auxiliary staffing; contracts; leave administration; employment law; HR compliance and documentation; management of programs, policies, and practices; strategic planning; performance appraisal, personnel file maintenance, unemployment, and employee relations.
Background: Marcy is in her 13th year in public education and has served as a Teacher, Campus Administrator, and Director. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of North Texas, her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University, and Bachelor's Degree from the University of Oklahoma. While she now calls Texas her home, Marcy was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Marcy and her husband, Brian, are blessed with two girls Aria (2) and Anna (1). While not at work, they enjoy raising their daughters, living an active lifestyle, and traveling with friends and family.
Gerri Elsing, CTSBS
Human Resources Generalist (Last Names N-Z)
Focus Areas: Pre-Employment Clerical Testing, Employee Onboarding (Instructional, Non-Instructional, Guest Educator, and Temporary), Personnel File & Record Management, Teacher Service Records, HR Customer Service, Employee Exits, Certifications Lead.
Background: Gerri is completing her 10th year in public education and has served as a Campus Receptionist, HR Position Control Specialist, and HR Generalist. Before becoming a part of education, she worked in the banking and telecommunication industries. She acquired her Associate of Arts in the Business Field of Study from Collin College and recently completed her Bachelor's Degree in Business - Human Resource Management. Originally from Oklahoma, Gerri and her Husband, Larry Sr., moved to Texas in 1995. They are the proud parents of two. Their son Larry Jr., is an Eagle Scout and attended Collin College. Their daughter Kathryn is currently attending Stephen F. Austin University. While not working, Gerri enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and Bass fishing when she can!
Kent Messer, Ed.D.
Director of Human Resources for Employee Recruitment and Development
Focus Areas: Hiring of professional and auxiliary staffing; recruiting; interviewing; mentoring; staff development; employee relations and recognition and strategic planning.
Background: Kent is a 23 year veteran in public education and has been a member of the Lovejoy ISD team for the past 14 years. Over his career, Kent has served as a Teacher, Coach, Assistant Principal, and Principal. He received his Educational Doctorate through Creighton University, his Master's from the University of New Mexico, and his Bachelor's from Emporia State University, where he participated in college athletics. Kent and his wife Jennifer have three sons: Coleson (16), Case (13), and Crews (11).
Cheryl Perez, CTSBO
Focus Areas: Benefits, Onboarding, Safe Schools, Workers' Compensation, Unemployment, Retirement, Sick Leave Bank, Leave Benefit Coordination.
Background: Cheryl comes to Lovejoy ISD with over 20 years in education, including serving for 9 of those years on the ESC Region 11 Benefit Coop. She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and her teaching certifications in Math and Elementary Education. Her passion, however, is benefits! Whether you have questions about benefit plans, filing a claim, teacher retirement, or any number of things - her focus is on educating the employee so they can make informed decisions with confidence. Cheryl and her husband, Willy, love to travel with their two children, as well as with family and friends.
Kim Steiner, MPA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Human Resources Generalist (Last Names A-M)
Focus Areas: Pre-Employment Clerical Testing, Employee Onboarding (Instructional, Non-Instructional, Guest Educator, and Temporary), Personnel File & Record Management, Teacher Service Records, HR Customer Service, Employee Exits.
Background: Kim is an experienced HR Generalist with 9+ years experience in both public education and non-profit settings. Kim holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Developmental Disabilities, and SPHR & SHRM-SCP certifications. Kim came to Lovejoy ISD in May 2018 as both an employee and parent #WeLiveLovejoy. Kim and her husband Aaron, have two children: Shelby (10) and Lucas (5), as well as, one fur-baby: Clarkson Roo. While not at work, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, gardening, photography, and camping.